WATCH: Ibrahimovic trains with Man Utd for first time

The Swedish striker has started life with his new club, joining his team-mates for his first practice session on Thursday at Carrington ahead of his potential debut on Saturday

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his first training session as a Manchester United player.

The high-profile summer signing, who joined the Red Devils on a Bosman free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, was given an extended holiday following his participation at the Euro 2016 finals with Sweden.

But the 34-year-old finally made his much-anticipated arrival at United’s Carrington training complex on Thursday ahead of a potential debut in his homeland of Sweden on Saturday when United take on Galatasaray in Gothenburg,

Ibrahimovic was seen laughing and joking with team-mates during the session, in which he donned the club’s new blue training outfit emblazoned with his new No.9 squad number.
 

The first footage of @Ibra_official in training at #MUFC! https://t.co/1UOFe5WQnF

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 28, 2016

The giant striker and the rest of the first-team squad were put through their paces by new boss Jose Mourinho’s assistant manager Rui Faria.

And Ibrahimovic looked sharp and ready following his holidays in Venice Beach, Carlifornia, during which he posted a number of pictures on Instagram of himself undertaking an extensive training routine.

After the clash with Galatasaray, United host Everton in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial before their first competitive fixture on August 7 against Leicester City in the FA Community Shield.

Ibrahimovic will bring Man Utd back to where they belong – Larsson

The 34-year-old moved to Old Trafford earlier this summer at the end of his PSG contract and has now been backed to return the club to the top of the Premier League

Sweden legend Henrik Larsson has backed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to help Manchester United return to the top of the Premier League after three underwhelming seasons.

After winning the title in 2013 at the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge, United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth, with Jose Mourinho replacing Louis van Gaal ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

Ibrahimovic left Paris Saint-Germain in favour of a move to Old Trafford this summer and Larsson – who had a brief loan spell at the club in 2007 – has little doubt his compatriot will make a major impact in the Premier League.

“I think everybody has seen him play but, for a man that big to have the technique he has and the skills he has, it’s a pleasure to watch,” Larsson told the official United website.

“So I have to hope everything goes well now when he comes to Manchester United. Hopefully, he can bring United back to where it belongs.

“I don’t think his age could be an issue. He’s a fit guy. He takes care of his body so that won’t be a problem. He’s fit and he likes to train. You have got a great physical department at United as well so I’m sure everybody is going to make it happen in the best possible way for the club.

“I hope everything goes well because United deserves it and he deserves every good thing that is happening to him.

“He’s Sweden’s biggest footballer ever. Zlatan is gigantic in Sweden. He is the number one. Everyone knows of him and everyone knows about him.”

Ibrahimovic, 34, could make his United debut in Saturday’s friendly against Galatasaray in Gothenburg.

Mkhitaryan: I won't play every game for Manchester United

The midfielder was one of the stars at Borussia Dortmund but insists his price tag does not mean that he should instantly command a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI

Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists he has been given no guarantees over his playing time at Manchester United and admits he doesn’t expect to start every game.

United completed a £26.3 million deal for the Armenia international at the start of July and has made a positive impression in the early stages of pre-season under Jose Mourinho.

Mkhitaryan scored 11 goals and registered 15 assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season but the midfielder insists his record and price tag counts for nothing following his move to the Premier league.

“It doesn’t matter if they buy me for, I don’t know, €38m or €40m, I am not guaranteed to play the games, so I am trying to do my best during the training to earn this place to play and then we will see,” he said.

“I don’t think I will play every game, depending on the tactical situation, depending on the opponent, but I will do everything to try and help the team.”

Shinji Kagawa also made the move from Dortmund to United but returned to the Bundesliga after just two years having struggled to secure a regular role.

And when asked if the Japan midfielder’s difficulties show the level of demand at United, Mkhitaryan replied: “Of course.

“In this club, you have to try and do everything to show your best qualities, otherwise you will not be here anymore.

“So I will try to do my best, I will try to help the team win the games, try to keep fit and bring my sharpness to the team.

“I never promise something, I always say that I will try, because if you promise something and you don’t do [it] you will always be under pressure.

“So that is why I’m trying to say I will do all my best and I will try to help Manchester because, for me, this is a new challenge and I like difficulties.

“I like to [overcome] the difficulties because when you win [despite] the difficulties it makes you stronger, so I’m trying to do everything to come up to a new level.”

Arsenal chief claims club can't 'outgun' rivals in transfer market

The Gunners’ chief executive maintains the club are actively trying to strengthen the squad but warns that they must be ‘very selective’ when targeting players


Arsenal are unable to ‘outgun’ Europe’s elite teams in the transfer market, admits the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

The £30 million signing of Granit Xhaka remains their only marquee signing this summer, having failed in their £20m pursuit of Jamie Vardy who turned down a move to stay at Leicester City.

The Gunners, who have also had a €35m (£29.3m) offer for Alexandre Lacazette rejected by Lyon this week, have seen Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City strengthen their ranks considerably, and Gazidis claims his side have to be “very selective” with their choice of transfer targets.

“We would not be successful if we simply went out into the transfer market and tried to outgun our competitors,” Gazidis told the New York Times.

“We’re run in a self-sustaining way, and a way that we believe in, because we believe it gives us certainty for the future, and enables us to plan our future with confidence. That means we can’t afford to make huge mistakes in the transfer market.

“We can’t afford to outgun competitors that have far more money to splurge on transfer fees than we do. So we have to be very careful, very selective about how we do things.

“We’re still active in the market, as are most other clubs, and if we find opportunities that our manager believes can improve our squad and add something to it, we’re certainly going to take those steps.”

 

Mane turned down Manchester United for Liverpool

The Senegal star revealed that he had an offer from the Red Devils but chose to work with Jurgen Klopp over Jose Mourinho

Liverpool recruit Sadio Mane says he turned down the opportunity to sign for Manchester United before completing his move to Anfield.

Mane, 24, penned a long-term deal with Liverpool after their estimated £34 million bid was accepted by Southampton. 

However, the attacker confirmed there was interest from United, but he chose to work under Jurgen Klopp over Jose Mourinho.

When asked about the United interest, Mane told the Liverpool Echo: “Yes, it was true.

“There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here.

“Liverpool are a massive club with a big history that has won many trophies over the years and as soon as I was told of the possibility to come here and I knew the manager wanted me I said yes.

“It was the right move. I recognise the size of the club and to progress to another level as a player this was the club and the moment for me. It was a step I needed to make.”

Mane revealed he was a fan of Spanish champions Barcelona growing up, but had a soft spot for Liverpool after their Champions League exploits against AC Milan in 2005. 

“I was a Barcelona fan,” the Senegal international said. “My favourite player was Ronaldinho. But I watched a lot of English football and admired lots of English teams.

“The one game that really strikes me is the Champions League final versus AC Milan.

“I was thinking about that game on the day I signed for Liverpool. It is a famous game and it struck everyone in Africa at the time.”